Are they literary heavy hitters for which you’ll need a thesaurus and previous experience reading Nietzsche? No! Are they fun romps through a winter wonderland with queer characters? Yes! Are said characters often trapped in places and hate each other at first but then fall in love and there’s really no risk except that which makes the love even more defined? Yes!
“I was going to do a story about trans women arming themselves? And all the edits we got back were like, ‘Can your characters look directly at the reader and quote trans murder statistics from last year?'”
“It’s the urgency of being a girl, in the broadest sense of that admittedly binary term, of being a marginalized person and knowing in your heart that you have the power to change your world.”
Topics include Erotic Photo Hunt, Dorothy Allison, school lunch, alt-right extremists, The Spotted Pig, “People in Trouble,” murder on the Appalachian trail, and so much more!
Limiting access to books in prisons is bad for everyone, what happens when you wreck a library book, the best time to write, and more!
A true map, it never says: this is the way to go, what to do. Instead, Piepzna-Samarasinha tells us what has worked for some people at some times, what could be done better, and also what went super wrong.
In August, Book Riot published a list of the Best Books Set In Every State, and I thought to myself, as I so often do, “What if we did a list like this, but for queer women?”
Topics include being nocturnal, The Virgin Suicides, bookstores, the tragic death of a sex worker in Queens, video game addiction, Darius Miles, More to Me, life after exoneration and more!
A literature of women’s madness, witchy books to read right now, why buying books won’t save independent bookstores and more.
Informed citizens unite!
Pick up one of these 13 books about LGBTQ history and learn about your queer and trans ancestors!
Mary Lambert talked to Autostraddle about vulnerability, the impossibility of separating the art from the artist, and her incredible new book of poems.
Topics include The Good Place, The English Patient, child abuse, Dr. Death (again, sorry!), working at Disneyland, “radical sex,” ’90s webzines and so much more!
Loving unlikable women in literature, talking about horror, new poetry by Ursula K. Le Guin, how to start making zines, and more.
Enjoy these eight books, mostly fiction, about queer disabled women characters!
Malinda Lo’s all-new short story about an inauguration protest that’s interrupted by an alien invasion is available exclusively on Autostraddle dot com!
Spanning genre from fiction to essays to memoir, these books are vibrant, boundary-breaking, and as intriguing as they are affirming. I strongly recommend curling up with one of these in your favorite café to celebrate Bisexual Visiblility Day today and all this week — settle in for some miso soup (what Ruby, the heroine of Eating Chinese Food Naked, drinks as comfort food) with maybe some biryani and chai for the second course (from Corona, by Bushra Rehman) and read some of these literary works.
How feminist bookstores changed history, why public libraries are getting less classist, mental models for queerness and more.
Topics include Dr. Death aka Christopher Duntsch, old-school video cameras, the ballroom scene, murder, Supershe island, Why the President Must Be Impeached, the death of Scout Schultz, porn pictures shows and so much more!
An everyday trans literature, discipline and creative freedom, fall books previews, lesbian feminist sci-fi and more.